Club Info & Events
Details of the January Meeting
The January meeting brought a decent turnout considering the questionable
weather we were having. Meeting discussion included having a new digital
copy of our logo made since Sherlock has had a bit of cosmetic work done
including a nose job and the addition of a puff of smoke from his pipe.
This will also make the task of having shirts and other items made up
a little easier. We also discussed the idea of having Cribbage and Backgammon
games available for members to play if they wished. Both ideas got positive
reviews and were agreed upon.
We also discussed our upcoming road trips to the new Gold
Leaf Tobacconist in Seabrook, NH in January and to Paul Bonaquisti's
new shop, the Park Lane Tobacconist in February. Those interested in going
up to Paul's in February are encouraged to attend the February meeting
to help coordinate the trip arrangements.
A Sign of Four - The SHPC Tobacco Blend of 2005
this past meeting we substituted one of our raffle blends with a tin of
our 2005 Club Blend called "A Sign of Four" and
was happily won by Greg Maneiro. This month we plan to do it again. This
unique blend is made with a variety of different tobaccos including some
20 year old Amphora Blue and a little cigar leaf. Inside each tin you'll
find a torn piece of the original recipe since this blend will never be
made again. Its easy on the palate and could definitely be considered
an all day smoke.
Ernie Quintiliani of Watch
City Cigar in Framingham, MA tells me there are still around 10 tins
left and are available on a first come first serve basis. If you're interested
in buying a tin or two of this one of a kind, collectible tobacco give
Ernie a call and pick up a couple. He can be reached by calling (508)628-0112
or you can email him at email@example.com
Hello from "Dr. Bob" Kiess
I meant to put this in the last newsletter but it slipped my mind.
I heard from our old friend Bob Kiess now living in the Green Mountain
State. Here's what he said:
Just to let you know I am alive and well and living in Vermont where
it's -5 to -10 degrees daily and I love it. Unfortunately my house is
not finished but will be by 12-26. Making pipes will be delayed a lot
this year!!! I plan to go to Chicago and may try to get to NY show in
March, especially to meet up with my great, ole buddies. I was just
able to get on line through my office about 1 month ago so I pulled
up the SHPC letter.
Keep in touch and I'll do the same. Bob
Bob also plans to attend the NY Pipe Show this March. If you'd like to
email Bob yourself, let me know
and I'll send you his address.
SHPC Road Trip - January 21, 2005
The NEW Gold Leaf Tobacconist - Seabrook, NH
seems that most of the news we hear these days about smoking and the tobacco
industry is not very promising. For instance, watching the tobacco taxes
rise steadily into the stratosphere; hearing about business closings as
a result of the smoking bans while new bans are being proposed every other
day; and how about the fact that in California they even declared tobacco
smoke a toxic substance. Somebody stop the madness!!
So once in a while it's nice to be able to report something positive and
promising. This is one of those times.
Partners Joe and Linda Noradaki had been looking for a bigger location
for their shop the Gold Leaf Tobacconist in Seabrook, NH, but they were
having some difficulty finding the right place at the right price. With
fewer and fewer places where people can smoke outside the home, more and
more people have been frequenting the local tobacconist to enjoy their
cigar, pipe or cigarette without having to listen to anyone harass them
about it. The Gold Leaf, once a one room shop that doubled as a walk in
humidor with an adequate but snug area for patrons to sit, was quickly
outgrowing itself. To make matters worse, Two Guys Smoke Shop had opened
up a brand new shop a few doors down the road.... [Read
& Tobacco News & Info
New Jersey Smoking Ban begins April 15th
The March 06 NY Pipe Show could possibly be the last
one that you'll be able to smoke at so please do your best to show
some support and attend this event. For some recent news on the
NJ Ban be sure to check out this article.
it out] Fighting for our Rights!
SHPC was included in a recent email from Joe Bolduc, a bar owner
from Lansing, Kansas. Joe says enough is enough and has decided
to take a serious step forward in the fight for our rights. Maybe
you've been thinking about joining the fight? See what Joe's been
up to, it may just give you the boost you need.......
"Hello everyone. As you can see I am no longer just Joe
Bolduc, bar owner and rabble rouser, but now have an official (well
almost, a few more papers to file) lobbying association. As the
state hospitality association is hesitant to fully join the fight,
I decided to form my own group. It also gives me greater standing
in seeking meetings with government officials, filing in court,
and access to public forums. "
Worth A Look
Kiss of Death by Peter C. Shumway
A new Sherlock Holmes story with a few excerpts from the book online
to whet your appetite.
history at Ancestry.com
While surfing the web I came across an interesting article that
talks a bit about the history of tobacco and the first clay pipes.
Look what washed up on the beach?
Month's Tobacco Raffle
Here are this month's raffle tobacco.
SHPC & Watch City Cigar's
Sign of Four
This tobacco was blended especially for the Sherlock Holmes Pipe
Club of Boston by Ernie Quinitliani of Watch City Cigar in Framingham.
It's a cool and tasty one of a kind, collectible blend.
Selected Virginian and Maryland type tobaccos carefully blended
with a selection of Oriental tobaccos from Greece and Turkey leaf
and top grade Latakia. Specially processed to produce a mellow smoke
with rich favor.
Pipes and Tobacco - A Sellers Market
Well, there's no sense in denying it anymore! We're in an absolute seller's
market concerning pipes and tobacco! Just a quick look on the popular
auction site E-Bay on any given day will confirm this statement. Lately
every middle of the road estate pipe from firms like Savinelli, Nording
and Stanwell have been commanding tip top prices, some of them even bringing
close to what you could have bought the pipe new for! High grades have
been equally over priced and it's a rare day when you're able to sneak
one away from the next guy at a fair price. Over the last couple of months
there's been quite a few auctions by Chicago based Dunhill collector and
historian John Lorring. He's had nearly a dozen vintage tins of tobaccos
from companies like John Cotton, Savory's and Drequer's & Sons. Most of
the 4 oz'ers were selling for a minimum of $250.00 with some going much,
For the last couple of years we were in a buyer's market and there have
been some tremendous buys from on line e-tailers and E-Bay. I myself took
FULL advantage of this and have built up a large collection of pipes which
I probably wouldn't have been able to do at today's prices. There are
two ways we can look at this "upswing". We can say damn, if there's an
item we really want, we're going to have to fork over considerably more
to own it than in times past. We can also say wow, with the p&t market
being this strong there must be more pipe enthusiast's joining the fold
and that's something that's good for all of us...................
Dock J. Perry
looking for a news item to help fill out this newsletter. So if you have
pipe, tobacco or smoking related news, or would like to share your knowledge
on a particular
pipes and tobacco related subject, please send it along and maybe I'll
use it. (Preferably by e-mail).